Throughout the '70s Keith Jarrett maintained two contrasting ensembles, one American based, the other Scandinavian. This is an album by the latter quartet, which had previously recorded the warm and winning BELONGING in 1974. 1978's MY SONG is aptly titled, as the six Jarrett compositions do indeed have the individual characteristics and bearing of songs. Infused with elements of folk and gospel, the music has a friendly resonance that aligns it with the likes of Horace Silver. While not as overtly soulful as Silver, the quartet'sinterpretations celebrate the power of melody and harmony. Garbarek's crystalline tone in particular flies through the rhythmic architecture like a bird over a winter landscape.~~ By Amazon.
My Foolish Heart is an anniversary release celebrating 25 years of the Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette trio's traveling and performing together despite the rich and varied individual careers of its members. Recorded in 2001 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jarrett held the tape close to the vest until what he felt was the right time for release – whatever that means. The bottom line is, listeners are very fortunate to have it. The official live offerings by this group have always been crystalline affairs of deep swinging communication, no matter the material. Not only is My Foolish Heart no exception, it is perhaps the standard by which the others should be judged.
This release commemorates the 25th year of the jazz supergroup of pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, one of the longest-running small combos in jazz history. This threesome is sometimes known as "the standards trio," their specialty being classic songs that have become cornerstones of jazz and pre-rock pop ("What's New," "The Song Is You"). One special thing about this trio is that both Peacock and DeJohnette played with the late Bill Evans, the intensely lyrical piano icon who was one of Jarrett's influences. Aspects of Evans's approach are all over their playing, from the melodious interpretations and innate sense of swing to the economy of style and graceful technique. Even though Jarrett, Peacock, and DeJohnette stretch out quite a bit, there is nary a wasted or unnecessary note. Nearly two hours of lively, thoughtful, and beautifully recorded music, MY FOOLISH HEART - LIVE is a necessity for fans of piano-trio jazz.